[Springfield, IL]: H.W. Rokker, 1887. Cloth. 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover. Portrait illustrations. 726 pp.
Ex-library, with sticker on spine, library bookplate inside front cover, card pocket pasted onto first free endpaper, and embossed stamp on title page and p.726. Front hinge splitting at top, threatening to detach. Both hinges overopened. Title page has been reattached by a previous owner, and tape residue is present, as well as on frontispiece. Pages are very clean, and binding is tight except for front hinge.
This is a first edition history of the brief war between the Sauk nation (led by Black Hawk) and the US military. Black Hawk's defeat functionally marked the end of Native armed resistance to US expansion, and remains a major event in Illinois history. The Chicago NHL team, the Blackhawks, are named after the Sauk leader. Includes a full muster roll of Illinois volunteers. The title page lists the city of publication as "Splingfield," which we presume to be an adorable misprint. (Wikipedia). Fair. Item #1592